'Blurred Lines' verdict: In jazz, the vibe is everything

March 13, 2015 8:14 PM

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Jazz may be miles away from pop in terms of financial power -- its intake roughly amounts to the change Pharrell Williams leaves behind in the couch cushions -- but its Twitter community reacted to this week's "Blurred Lines" verdict, in which a jury compelled Williams and Robin Thicke to pay $7.4 million to the Gaye estate, like much of the music world: with a mostly appreciative indictment of Thicke, who is already easily pegged as an interloper for appropriating the sound of a legend like Marvin Gaye.

In the wake of the trial, the music industry has been feverishly speculating what, if anything, the jury's decision might foretell for the future of creativity, both within and outside of the billion-dollar pop machine. But for a niche genre in which profit isn't king, does such a verdict mean anyth...

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